Very strong, although short-lived storms passed through France on Saturday. In some higher places in the department of Herault, up to 500 liters of water per square meter could fall. Meteorological alerts were in force throughout the day.
Residents of the French city of Saint-Martin-de-Londres in the Herault department struggled with huge, although short-lived downpours on Saturday. The storm cells that brought them moved extremely slowly, so the rain accumulated in selected places. There was flooding, with quite a large amount of water remaining on many streets.
Heavy rainfall in France
The Meteo-France meteorological agency said that in some higher-altitude regions of Herault, up to 500 liters of water per square meter could fall. In the Gard department, rainfall of 190 l/sq m was recorded.
Emergency services did everything they could to contain the consequences of heavy rainfall as much as possible. Local media reported that at least 38 people needed help. Fortunately, no one died.
Throughout the day, meteorologists warned about the possibility of dangerous weather phenomena. Difficult conditions were expected in many regions in the south of the country, including the Gard department. Forecasters predicted that the consequences of rainfall would be the most serious in both regions. It was also reported that they could not be ruled out storms with strong wind gusts, especially on the coast.
Forecasts say that the second part of the weekend will be marked by storms not only in the south of the country. After passing the dangerous weather zone, it will become colder across France.
Reuters, connexionfrance.com, time.news
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